Another option on getting starting in this field could include doing a bit of research about what part(s) of data science you may want to work in, start on or move into. Like many IT (information technology) roles and jobs, there are many levels for job tasks where there are opportunities to get in. One very helpful skill to gain includes programming (JAVA, Python come to mind).
I agree that having a built in curiosity about how and why things happen is a great foundation for a data scientist role.
Volunteering to work at colleges/universities, possibly in their science or math departments, could be a good start.
best of luck!
I suggest doing some research into Big data, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to get a good feel for the Data Science discipline. If you are passionate and would like pursue a career, completing a Data Science college degree and utilizing the great free resources available on the internet will get you on the right track for an exciting Data Science career. I have provided some guidance on possible next steps below.
Best of luck :)
Riste recommends the following next steps: